Masao: A Nisei Soldiers Secret and Heroic Role in World War II
Saturday • May 13 • 3pm
U District store
Discussion & Book Signing
Sandra Vea shares the important and fascinating story of her father-in-law in Masao. Masao Abe, a second-generation Japanese-American, lived the life of a typical child in San Bernardino, California until his parents left him in Japan to be educated when he was eight. It wasn't until he was 19 that he finally returned. In 1941, he was drafted in the U.S. Army and was eventually recruited into the highly secret Military Intelligence Service. Unlike many other M.I.S. soldiers, Masao was deployed to the South Pacific where he fought on the ground, on the frontline earning a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He faced an enemy that looked like him and endured the U.S. troops' mentality that "the only good Jap is a dead Jap" while his family in Japan struggled to survive and his family in the U.S. was imprisoned. Through Masao's memories, we learn about a piece of American history that has been hidden for over 70 years.